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here are of course a number of reasons behind South Africa’s growing competitiveness amongst global markets in the last decade or more, however one that stands out in particular is the country’s modern transportation sector. South Africa’s roads, railways and ports are already regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development, and stand to develop further still through the government’s stated intent to invest billions of Rand in the years to come. Measuring some 747,000 kilometres South Africa’s road network is the largest found anywhere on the continent, with the drive from Musina on the country’s northern border to Cape Town in the south representing a 2,000 kilometre journey alone. While South Africa’s Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road building and maintenance falls under the remit of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), as well as nine provinces and local governments. SANRAL was established as an independent statutory company, operating along commercial lines, through an Act of Parliament in April 1998. The purpose of the company is to maintain and develop South Africa’s expanding national road network and to manage assets with a depreciated replacement value of 238 billion Rand, excluding land. Operating under the terms of its founding legislation, The South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act (Act No. 7, 1998), SANRAL is governed by a board of eight people, six of whom are appointed by the Minister of Transport; the Chief Executive

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